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USC Digital Library Digitization Requests


All image files created by the Digital Imagining Lab, which is part of the Digital Library at the University of Southern California, will be archived and repurposed as needs arise.

We strive to create files that adhere to best practices in the Cultural Heritage Imaging field, and we use the technical guidelines created by the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) as goal posts.

The Technical Guidelines for Digitizing cultural Heritage Materials: Creation of Raster Image Files represents shared best practices followed by agencies participating in the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI). Still Image Working Group for digitization of cultural heritage materials. This group is involved in a cooperative effort to develop common digitization guidelines for still image materials (such as textual content, maps, and photographic prints and negatives) found in cultural heritage institutions. [Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural heritage Materials Creation of Raster Image Files, 2016]

While we strive to create the highest quality digital assets, we do minimal color correcting when post processing color transparencies. When we create an archival digital image, any distortions, discolorations or blemishes within the original item will appear in the digital file you receive. 

Default file format specifications

 

All digital files will have the Adobe RGB (1998) color profile embedded.

Reflective photographs will be cropped just beyond the edge. Reflective materials will include a Golden Thread object-level target.

Scanned Documents will be cropped to the edge. We do offer Optical Character Recognition [OCR] to be run on items that will be delivered as PDFs for a nominal fee.

Transparencies will be cropped to ¼” beyond the edge.

Bit Depth:

All image files are output to 16 bits per pixel (48 bit color).  Grayscale or monochrome images will be output to 16 bits per pixel grayscale.

All image files created by the Digital Imagining Lab, which is part of the Digital Library at the University of Southern California, will be archived and repurposed as needs arise.

 

Resolutions:

 

Photographic Transparencies:

        35mm to 4" x 5": 1000 to 2800ppi. 16 bit tiff AdobeRGB or Gray Gamma 2.2. Captured using digital SLR cameras and dedicated film scanners.

        Larger than 4” x 5” up to 8” x 10”: 1500ppi, 16 bit tiff, AdobeRGB or Gray Gamma 2.2. Captured using medium format digital camera systems and flatbed scanners.

        Anything over 8” x 10” is considered oversized and may result in a composite image to achieve resolution.

 

Reflective Materials:

        Smaller than 8” x 10”: 600 ppi, 16 bit tiff AdobeRGB or Gray Gamma 2.2. Captured using digital SLR cameras and dedicated film scanners.

        8” x 10” – 11” x 14”: 400 ppi, 16 bit tiff AdobeRGB or Gray Gamma 2.2. Captured using digital SLR cameras and dedicated film scanners.

        Larger than 11” x 14” up to 18” x 23”: 300 ppi, 16 bit tiff, AdobeRGB or Gray Gamma 2.2. Captured using medium format digital camera systems and flatbed scanners.

        Anything over 11” x 14” is considered oversized and may result in a composite image to achieve resolution.

 

All digitized still assets will be output to TIFF:

        Resolution: 600 ppi

        Color Profile: Adobe RGB (1998)

Pricing structure for digitization requests

 

Each type of material will incur a flat $40 set-up fee. For example, an envelope of negatives and a bound book will be charged two set up fees, one for the book and one for the negatives.

We have two pricing options, one is for materials that will be digitized to support USC students and faculty/staff, and another for outside requests.

Payment will be processed through our Digital Library Store, which accepts all major credit cards. Files will be delivered through weTransfer or a Google Drive link, whichever the patron prefers.

Non-digitization requests

 

Archival File Retrieval

 

Requests for archival files, such as highest resolution tiffs, cost $57 per archival file requested.

Commercial  and Personal License Agreements

 

If you would like to purchase either a commercial use or personal use license to use an image that is currently in our Digital Library, please email cisadmin@lib.usc.edu with a link to the image you are requesting.

Commercial license agreements are $125 per image used (with some exceptions), and personal license agreements are $25 per image used.

A commercial license is needed for use cases such as, but not limited to: television, movie, documentaries, published article or book, museum, mural, commercial interior design, etc.

A personal use license is needed for use cases such as, but not limited to: theses or dissertations, webpages, etc.

Image Downloads

 

A standard-resolution digital copy can be freely downloaded from a corresponding webpage. To download, click the ‘Download’ button and select your desired size from the dropdown menu. Please credit the image with the text provided in the rights section of the image’s metadata.

A high-resolution download of the image of your interest can be purchased via our online store: https://usclibstore.usc.edu/

 

High quality prints and wall art

 

A canvas, sized from 16”x16” to 40”x60” (starting with $245 per order), or a wall-mountable copy, printed on a lightweight gatorboard, matboard or styrene: 8”x10” ($24 each) and 16”x20” ($65 each); high-quality photographic prints of the following sizes and formats:

8” x 10” -- $12.00 per print

16” x 20” -- $48.00

20” x 30” -- $66.00

30” x 40” -- $105.00

Panoramic “Lustre” 15”x30” prints  -- $65.00 each.

We use this money to cover the cost of housing and caring for our collections.

 

Gifts of photographs or materials to be added to our Digital Collections

 

Please contact our Department of Special Collections: specol@usc.edu

 

WE CANNOT ACCOMMODATE RUSH ORDERS

 

FADGI 2016